Tuberculous meningitis, an unusual presentation in a young lady
- 1Department of Acute Medicine, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Walsall, UK
- 2The Medical School, Sheffield, UK
- Correspondence to Dr Saad Aldeen Saeed,
A 37-year-old Persian-speaking woman presented with epigastric pain, vomiting and non-specific frontal headache. Examination was unremarkable except for an isolated sixth nerve palsy found a few days after admission. Blood results were normal, as was the chest radiograph and the CT scan of the head. Initial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed a significantly elevated protein level with reduced glucose, as well as CSF lymphocytosis. Tuberculosis (TB) meningitis was considered and she was commenced on anti-TB treatment before confirmation of the diagnosis. A full contact tracing was performed with regular follow-up with TB nurses. When she was seen in the clinic a month later, her symptoms had subsided completely.
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